The Eleventh Circuit revived 30 consolidated lawsuits alleging Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. fails to properly accommodate guests with autism by making them wait for rides, ruling Friday that a bench trial should decide whether those visitors have access to the same experience as nonautistic patrons.
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Disney May Not Be Magical For Autistic Guests: 11th Circ.

The Eleventh Circuit revived 30 consolidated lawsuits alleging Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. fails to properly accommodate guests with autism by making them wait for rides, ruling Friday that a bench trial should decide whether those visitors have access to the same experience as nonautistic patrons. Read full article »

Feds Can't Recoup From $33M Award If Child Dies: 11th Circ.

The Eleventh Circuit on Friday largely affirmed a trial judge’s post-verdict decisions in a suit accusing a federally funded health clinic doctor of causing a newborn’s brain damage, saying the federal government can’t recover portions of a $33 million verdict if the child dies earlier than expected. Read full article »

Half-Built Fla. Resort's $39M Sale Gets Court Approval

A Florida bankruptcy judge signed off Friday on a $39.1 million sale of a stalled Fort Lauderdale resort partially built with $30 million from the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. Read full article »

Analysis

Setbacks Shake Up Fla.'s Medical Marijuana Rollout

A series of recent court losses and the resignation of the state's medical marijuana chief threatens to upend Florida's efforts for gradual, carefully controlled legalization of the drug and has raised a multitude of questions about how one of the nation's potentially largest markets will take shape. Read full article »

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3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a foreign language may seem daunting, but the challenge can offer big rewards, including career opportunities and personal satisfaction, for attorneys willing to take it on. Here, Law360 looks at three reasons why lawyers should learn languages other than their own. Read full article »

LITIGATION

General Mills Didn't Warn Of Weedkiller In Cheerios, Suit Says

General Mills Inc. has been hit with a putative national class action in Florida federal court brought by a South Florida woman who says the company had a duty to consumers to disclose the presence of a possibly carcinogenic chemical weedkiller in Cheerios cereal products, but did not. Read full article »

McDonald's Moves Hiring Credit-Check Suit To Federal Court

McDonald’s Corp. on Friday removed to Florida federal court a putative class suit accusing the fast food company of burying background check notices it issued to new hires in extraneous paperwork in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read full article »

11th Circ. Affirms Sentence For Disability Group's Ex-CEO

An Eleventh Circuit panel on Friday backed a five-year prison sentence given to the former chief executive of a Florida organization that operated programs for the developmentally disabled who had been convicted of scheming to divert clients' Social Security benefits. Read full article »

Timeshare Co. Recklessly Disregarded FLSA, OT Suit Says

A proposed class of employees hit a Florida timeshare company with a suit Friday in Florida federal court claiming willful violations of overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying the company failed to pay overtime and showed "reckless disregard" of the act's provisions. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Amerra Capital, Google

Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy 18.2 acres in Miami, private equity shop Amerra Capital is said to be subleasing 12,750 square feet in New York and Google is reportedly close to a deal to lease nearly 14,000 square feet in Chicago, where it plans to open a retail store. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Shutts & Bowen Adds Real Estate, IP Talent In Tampa

Shutts & Bowen LLP has expanded its real estate, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups in Tampa with the hire of a trio of new partners, the firm announced Thursday. Read full article »

Health Hires: Dorsey & Whitney, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker Green, Spencer Fane LLP, Minerva Neurosciences and Carlton Fields are among the latest firms to boost their health and life sciences offerings with new hires.  Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense. Read full article »

Feature

3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts. Read full article »

Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Partners Can't Duck Fee Arbitration

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP reiterated on Thursday in New York court that its former partners who launched Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot escape arbitrating a dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm. Read full article »

Stinson Leonard Grows In St. Louis With IP Boutique Tie-Up

Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued its expansion streak Thursday, announcing plans to acquire 28-strong St. Louis intellectual property boutique Senniger Powers LLP, following up on two new office openings earlier this year. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The Sixth Circuit ruled the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t on its own thwart arbitration agreements, consumer groups fought back against industry attempts to amend a hastily enacted landmark privacy law in California and British police warned of an increase in cryptocurrency fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Disabled Attys Fight For A Place In BigLaw

The legal profession can be a lonely place for attorneys with disabilities. They are often overlooked in diversity discussions, and may feel pressure to downplay their disability out of fear of facing bias and stigma. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we dive into these challenges and highlight how disabled attorneys are fighting for their place in the law.  Read full article »

Kavanaugh Will Meet With Top Senate Opponent

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his opposition Monday as he sits down with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lawmaker leading the fight against his confirmation. Read full article »

Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys. Read full article »

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